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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Natural Area Guardians

Affiliation, if you are part of a national, statewide, or regional network (e.g., Izaak Walton League, Texas Watch):
Illinois EcoWatch Network; Illinois RiverWatch; Henry County Soil and Water Conservation District

Contact Information
Name:Dorothy K. BrownStreet:10655 North 2300 Ave.
City: GeneseoState: Illinois
Zip Code:61254-Phone: 309 441-5314
Email:Web site1:http://
Fax: -Web site2:

Does your program serve as an "umbrella" organization for smaller monitoring groups? No

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):7
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $ Year monitoring began: 1995

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal Government State Government Local Government
Foundations BusinessesX Memberships
Donations Grass roots fundraising (events, solicitations, etc.)Other:

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?Yes Is it state-approved?Yes
EPA-approved? No

Does program have monitoring-related publications you are willing to share with, or sell to, other groups?No

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
Natural Area Guardians collect ecological data used by scientists to monitor long-term trends in ecosystem health. Our volunteer monitoring consists primarily of stream habitat and biological surveys, and is coordinated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Illinois River Watch, a program of the Illinois EcoWatch Network.

Environments monitored:
River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
pH, Phosphorus, Rainfall, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Macroinvertebrates, Terrestrial vegetation

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
Research State government
Community organizing 
Screen for problems 
Establish baseline conditions 
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planning 
Plan restoration projects 
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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